20-Minute Retreats: Revive Your Spirit in Just Minutes a Day with Simple, Self-Led Practices

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Macmillan, Jun 1, 2000 - Psychology - 292 pages
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This collection of step-by-step practices from ancient cultures, world religions, and psychological disciplines provides readers with the self-renewing, spiritually, uplifting rewards of retreat anytime, anywhere. We all crave periods of silence and introspection, but with lives lived at an ever-increasing pace most of us find fewer opportunities to fill that need. Now, psychologist Rachel Harris has come to the rescue with this unique collection of 20-, 5- and 1-minute mini-retreats-short periods of meditation, contemplation or self-discovery drawn from traditions and practices as varied as Buddhism, the Quaker faith, Sufism, art therapy, ritual magic, Gestalt therapy, and Jungian dream analysis. Provocative sidebars, stimulating quotes, and touching first-person stories make this book as inviting to read as it is practical to use. With these brief retreats, readers of any age or occupation will be able to catch their emotional breath regardless of what is happening in life, to pause to listen to the sounds of their souls, and to reemerge balanced and refreshed.

 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Retreats for the Spiritual Journey
11
Everything You Need to Know to Retreat
19
Faith
33
Forgiveness
52
Gratitude
73
Healing
91
Intuition
110
Love
151
Patience
174
Peace
195
Relaxation
214
SelfAcceptance
233
SelfCare
255
In the World
273
Index
287

Joy
133

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Rachel Harris, Ph.D., is a psychologist who has a private practice in Princeton, New Jersey, and has led national and international workshops for thirty years. She is co- author of the bestselling Children Learn What They Live.

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